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Faecal Occult Blood

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Faecal occult blood testing will be performed on GP and outpatient referrals only. It will not be performed on inpatients.

If gastrointestinal blood loss or malignancy is suspected clinically, gastroenterology consultation is recommended.

Alternate names:
faeces Occult Blood, FOB, Occult Blood
Laboratory:
Referred Test
Test Code:
FOB
Specimen types:
Faeces
Container types:
Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) kitFaecal Occult Blood (FOB) kit
Collection Instructions:

FOB Collection Instructions

For 1 day before and then during the collection period maintain a well balanced diet including fruit, vegetables & cereals.

Do not collect samples during or until 3 days after a menstrual period.

Collection Procedure

The collection kit has  3 containers, one for each day.

It is suggested that  faeces/stool sample is collected initially into a plastic disposable container (an ice-cream container is ideal). Pass urine into the toilet if necessary.

Twist the green cap on the collection container to remove it. Insert the sampling probe into 5 or 6 locations in the faeces.

Return the sampling probe into the collection container.

Shake the collection container vigorously up & down several times.

Refrigerate specimen if not delivering to the laboratory on the day of collection.

Label each sample with your name, date of birth and date & time of collection and place in the specimen bag provided..

Refrigerate samples after each collection and deliver all samples to your nearest Eastern Health Pathology collection service (see below).Samples should be received in the laboratory within 1 day of the last collection.

 

 

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
2-3 days
Laboratory Use Only

SPECIMEN COLLECTION MODULE (SCM) FAQs - CLICK HERE

 

CLICK HERE for a consent form to perform tests not covered by Medicare

TURN AROUND TIMES - When will my result be available?

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CLICK HERE for a Log sheet for recording Pathology results

"THE ART OF CCCCOLLECTION"

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